There's this set of things everyone expects from you...Since her boyfriend Gus was killed in 9/11, Billy has been pretending.
It is easier for her to stay silent and go through the motions of grief than to tell the truth: that she was planning to leave Gus, and that his death left her feeling a mixture of ambivalence and anguish that she is still struggling to resolve.
Drawing from her experience, Billy writes The Lake Shore Limited.
The opening night of the play brings together three people whose lives intersect and interweave with Billy's: Leslie, Gus's older sister, haunted by his death and constantly aware of what could have been; Rafe, the actor who brings the joy and sadness of his own marriage into his role; and Sam, a recently divorced man who is irresistibly drawn to Billy's distinctive, enigmatic beauty.
Together these four voices create a mesmerizing novel of entanglements, connections and inconsolable losses.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/07/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408809884
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Review by katelnorth
Enjoyable read, though not perfect by any means. Some intersting questions explored about guilt and love and death.
Review by pamjw
An interesting concept that someone should use 9/11 as the basis for a story, but to be honest if you didn't know that you might not pick it up. This is the story of a play - the characters in it and outside it, who it is based on.Billy's boyfriend Gus was on one if the planes that hut the Twin Towers. What no one knew was that she was about to leave him. Gus's sister thinks Billy should be caught up in her grief, but now thinks its time Billy started dating again and introduces her to Sam. Into the mix comes Rafe, the actor playing Gus.This seemed a slow read. 9/11 seemed a prop rather than really exploring the event and emotions - so why mention it. The play seemed a bit convoluted to make a point - not really a powerful one. And the ending, if course, was obvious! An ok read, but not the powerful one I was expecting
Review by KymmAC
Found this by chance at Jaume Fuster while waiting to go to H2O Great read, delicate subject treated with flair. Not as mind blowing as The Good Mother, but that would be difficult. Enjoyed it.